Master of Teaching (Secondary) - FAQs

Find answers to the questions most frequently asked about the application and selection process for the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program - Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Eligibility

The Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program Master of Teaching pathway is seeking industry professionals and teaching academics, with significant subject expertise and experience to transition into secondary teaching. To be eligible you must:

1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;

2. be an industry professional with a minimum of three years relevant industry experience within the last ten years,

or

be a teaching academic with a minimum of three years relevant subject and/or teaching experience within the last ten years;

3. intend to complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary) with the subject specialisation of:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (with a physics or chemistry major)
  • Technological and Applied Studies (within engineering studies, industrial technology (timber and metal), design and technology, information and software technology, food technology, or agriculture);

4. be willing to complete your studies at one of the four universities offering the program and meet their entry requirements for a Master of Teaching;

5. have completed a recognised undergraduate Bachelor degree;

6. be willing to begin your Master of Teaching (Secondary) in January or February 2023 and complete your degree within two years; and

7. be willing to accept an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school on completion of your studies and agree to serve for a minimum of three years.

If you have questions around your eligibility for a Master of Teaching (Secondary) program e.g.

  • You have completed or partially completed an undergraduate degree
  • You have experience teaching in TAFE (or another institution)
  • You hold international qualifications

Universities will assess your qualifications and determine eligibility for entry into the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program. For entry into a Master of Teaching (Secondary), your undergraduate studies/qualifications must meet NESA content requirements for the subject area or areas you intend to teach.

If you hold international qualifications, you may be required to complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test for successful entry into a Master of Teaching program. For more information about the test and any exceptions, please visit the Teacher Accreditation website.

Please reach out to one of the university contacts below for more information on your eligibility.

To help meet the needs of NSW public schools now and into the future, the program is supporting experienced professionals to become teachers by gaining a Master of Teaching (Secondary) in a teaching area of demand.

If you are already a qualified teacher, you are encouraged to apply for approval to teach in NSW public schools. Visit the Approval to Teach page of the Education website or contact our Teacher Approvals team on 1300 300 498.

Universities

A number of universities will be delivering the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program across a variety of subjects and geographic locations.

Program start date: 21 February 2023

Subject specialisation:

  • Mathematics
  • Science Physics
  • Science Chemistry
  • Mathematics Physics
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Software Design and Development

Course length: 18 months - 2 years (subject to prior learning)

Delivery mode: Students choose from the following attendance options:

  • Weekday: Regular (weekly/fortnightly) in person classes. Regional/remote students attend tutorials via Zoom.
  • Infrequent: Zoom tutorials (usually fortnightly outside business hours) and several on campus tutorials (Friday/Saturday). Regional/remote students attend on campus tutorials via Zoom if desired.

Estimated cost per year: $3,985 (based on 2022 cost)

Program details:

The MQ MTeach Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program features:

  • Executive mentoring including individualised support
  • Student-first approach – flexible delivery so students can manage personal responsibilities, work commitments, and study. Regional students join tutorials via Zoom
  • Teaching immersion days and 60 days of teaching professional experience in schools
  • Professional learning, networking opportunities, events and resources through the MQ In School Initial Teacher Education Network (INSITE Network).

Degree = 16 units (full time load = 4 units/session)

Each unit involves 150 hours of learning usually comprising: tutorials, online lecture/flipped learning content, independent learning, and assessment tasks.

Sample Session 1 Master of Teaching study pattern

  • Weekday attendance mode

Zoom attendance available for regional/remote students.

All units require independent learning and assessment preparation.

Unit Scheduled Activity MQ Campus Online When Hours

EDST8200

Introduction to Professional Practice and Research

Tutorial MQ

 

Weekly

2

EDST8201

Indigenous Education: Strategies and Research

Tutorial

 

 

Weekly

2

 

EDST8301

Inclusive and Special Education

 

Tutorial

 

Weekly

2

EDST8237

Professional Practice 1

Tutorial

 

Weeks 1-7

2

Teaching area workshop

 

Weeks 6 & 9

3

Professional Experience

SCHOOL

Weeks 10-12

All day

  • Infrequent attendance mode

Zoom/independent learning attendance is available for regional/remote students and by arrangement for Sydney-based students.

All units require independent learning and assessment preparation.

Unit Scheduled Activity MQ Campus Online When Hours

EDST8200

Introduction to Professional Practice and Research

Seminar

 

 

Weeks 3 & 4

Saturday

4

Tutorial

 

Fortnightly

Weekday evening

2

EDST8201

Indigenous Education: Strategies and Research

 

Seminar

 

 

 

Weeks 2, 4, 6

Friday

4

EDST8301

Inclusive and Special Education

 

Tutorial

 

Week 3 & 9

Weekend

2

EDST8237

Professional Practice 1

Tutorial

 

 

 

Weeks 1-7

Weekday evening

2

Teaching area workshop

 

Weeks 6 & 9

3

Professional Experience

SCHOOL

Weeks 10-12

All day

 

  • Combination

Mixture of Weekday and Infrequent attendance modes can be selected.

Note: the above are indicative of the unit timetables but subject to change.

Contact details

To find out more about the MQ course offering, please contact Dr Janet Dutton at midcareermteach@mq.edu.au or visit the MQ MCT website.

Program start date: 20 February 2023

Subject specialisation:

  • Mathematics
  • Science/Physics
  • Science/Chemistry

Course length: 2 years

Delivery Mode: Face to face

Estimated cost per year: Indicative costs can be found via here. Please contact the university for further details.

Program Details:

  • Master of Teaching with face to face classes on campus
  • Program will include practical experience of 80 days of teaching across 3 blocks in at least 2 different Secondary Schools
  • Peer networking with Mid-Career cohort

To find out more about their course offering, please contact Liz Gibson at ssesw.enquiries@sydney.edu.au or visit their website for more information.

Program start date: 23 January 2023

Subject specialisation:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (physics or chemistry major)
  • Technological and Applied Studies within
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering studies
    • Industrial technology (timber and metal)
    • Information and software technology
    • Food Technology

Course length: 20 months

Delivery mode: Face to face

Estimated cost per year: Indicative costs can be found via course here or via subject here. Please contact the university for further details.

Program Details:

  • All classes are held on Monday and Tuesdays
  • Program will include a 4 week block of professional experience in Trimester 3 2023 and a final 8 week block at conclusion of Trimester 2 2024.
  • Program participants will be able to work as an educational paraprofessional Wednesday – Friday.

Course block

Dates

Trimester 1, 2023

23 January - 11 April

Trimester 2, 2023

6 May - 25 July

Trimester 3, 2023

21 August - 10 October

 

First professional experience placement

16 Oct – 10 November

Trimester 1, 2024

30 January - 17 April

Trimester 2, 2024

14 May - 31 July

Final professional experience placement

13 August - 5 October

Contact details:

To find out more about their course offering, please contact Elena Prieto-Rodriguez at secondary-education@newcastle.edu.au or visit their website  for more information.

Program start date: 27 February 2023

Subject specialisation:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (physics or chemistry major)
  • Technological and Applied Studies within
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering studies,
    • Industrial technology (timber and metal)
    • Information and software technology
    • Agriculture
    • Food technology

Course length: 18 months – 2 years (subject to prior learning)

Delivery mode: Online course work

Estimated cost per year: $3968 (based on 2022 cost)

Program details:

  • Master of Teaching with course work online
  • 2 x 30 day block placements in a Secondary School
  • Peer networking with Mid-Career Cohort

Contact details:

To find out more about their course offering, please contact Melanie Sugumaran at msugumaran@csu.edu.au or visit their website for more information.

Program details

Applications for this program are now closed. 

The program will have multiple start dates throughout January and February 2023, related to the semester start dates of the four universities.

Participants will find out if they have been accepted into the program by early December 2022, including which university they will be completing their Master of Teaching (Secondary) with. 

The department will be accepting up to 50 participants across the four universities in the Masters stream. 

Should you not receive a place in this program you may be eligible for another program or scholarship to assist in your transition to teaching.

Please visit the Get Paid to Study page of the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

The program is intended to be a full-time program. We understand each participant’s journey is different and completing the program part-time will be assessed on a case by case basis and subject to the university being able to support part-time study.

For questions about your specific circumstances, please contact: MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

The program is aimed at professionals with significant prior experience, including academics, professionals and subject-matter experts who are looking for a mid-career change to become a secondary teacher in a NSW public school.

Participants who are located or are interested to work in regional and rural areas are encouraged to apply.

The program is focused on our high demand teaching areas of:

  • Mathematics
  • Science, specifically physics and chemistry
  • Subjects within the Technological and Applied Studies key learning area, specifically, engineering studies, industrial technology (timber and metal), information and software technology, food technology, or agriculture.  

Participants will be given the opportunity to select their preferred university, however, the program has limited places. Successful participants will be offered an opportunity at the university that best meets their skills, subject specialisation, and geographical location.

To be eligible to complete a Master of Teaching (Secondary), you must have a minimum qualification of an undergraduate Bachelor degree. Your prior qualifications must meet the content requirements as outlined by NESA.

Some examples of relevant industries may include, but are not limited to:

Mathematics: engineering, banking, insurance and investment, environmental modelling, medicine, meteorology, computing, information technology, government, education, research, lecturer, programming.

Science (physics and chemistry focus): scientist, physicist, researcher, lecturer, astronomer, cyclotron engineer, data scientist, chemists, chemical engineer, nanotechnologist, toxicologist, aviation, computer science, oceanography.

Technology and Applied Studies: Information and software technology, agricultural jobs, trades e.g., carpentry or metal work, engineering, fabrication, computing, aeronautical, avionics, computing, and cyber security, mechanical, chef, hospitality.

For the first 6 months, participants will be focused on completing their studies. Students will have the opportunity to be engaged with their paraprofessional school prior to commencing work.

From six months into the program, participants will begin working as an educational paraprofessional working part time (up to three days per week) in a host school. You will also be supported by a school based mentor.

Upon completion of your studies, you will achieve a nationally recognised teaching qualification. Provided you meet the NESA accreditation and Department of Education Teacher Approval requirements, you will be offered a permanent employment in a NSW public school. 

Successful applicants will begin the program in either January or February 2023 depending on the university you will be enrolled with.

Each university offers a different pathway and flexibility in the way the course is delivered. We encourage you speak to each university to understand which Master of Teaching course will best suit your needs.

If this session is not suitable to you, the program will have a mid-year intake with either a May or July start date. We encourage you to apply to this session instead.

The program has been designed to give flexibility to students in the way they study and work.

Each university has a different structure in the way they will deliver the Master of Teaching (Secondary). We recommend you reach out to each university to better understand your options and how you can balance your work commitments with study. 

Many Master of Teaching students continue to work whilst studying full time and it will be up to you as to whether you can manage the load.

Universities offer flexible options to accommodate working students.

The program includes working up to 3 days per week as a paraprofessional from 6 months into your studies. You will need to balance this with study and other personal priorities.

The program supports industry professionals and teaching academics to commence their journey towards a career in secondary teaching. Those who have already commenced their Master of Teaching are not eligible.

If this program is not suitable for you, please visit the Get Paid to Study page on the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

Application process

Applications are now closed. 

1.     Submit written responses and a digital story

The online application will involve submitting responses to key questions and preparing a short video presentation - a digital story. The digital story video is a 2-minute presentation that conveys both your motivation to teach and aspiration to work in a NSW public school. You will need to upload your digital story video to Google Drive and submit the link as part of your application.

2.    Select your preferences (subjects, universities, and locations)

Through the application, you will need to select which subject specialisation you would like to complete your Master of Teaching (Secondary) within and your preferred university.

You will also need to select the geographical locations/school education areas where you are prepared to accept a position within a NSW public school. Your selection will be used to place you when working part-time as an educational paraprofessional and as a permanent teacher on completion of your studies.

As part of the application process you will be asked to select at least three school educational areas. Consideration will be given to regional and rural participants to select only two school educational areas.

The areas you can select and agree to be appointed to a school within are the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor or Wollongong.

Further information on the schools located in each geographic location/school education area can be found here or through the visual map here.

3.    Attach your documentation

Please see ‘What supporting documents will I need to provide as part of my application?’ below for more details on what we will need from you.

Applications will be open until 11:59pm Sunday 11 September. We encourage you to submit your application early. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Stage 1. Online application and digital story

 A panel within the department will complete an initial assessment of your online written application and digital story.

Stage 2. University assessments

Universities will assess your qualifications and entry into a Master of Teaching program. They will also assess whether you are eligible for recognition of prior learning and advanced standing.

If you are deemed as meeting their requirements, you will receive a conditional offer from the university.

Stage 3. Interview and online assessments

If you receive a conditional offer from the university, you will be invited to an interview with the department and to complete online assessments.

The panel will review your entire application and recommend candidates for inclusion in the program.

Stage 4: Probity checks and application into a university

If you make it to the final stage, you will be offered a conditional place on the program.

It is at this stage you will be required to apply directly with the university for the Master of Teaching (Secondary), if you have not done so already. This will allow the university to set you in their system and complete your eligibility with the university.

At the same time your referees, working with children check and criminal records check will take place.

If you are successful in all four stages, you will be accepted into the program.

You will be required to complete and submit the documents listed below as part of your application:

Applicants with international qualifications may also be required to submit their IELTS test results. Please visit the Teacher Accreditation website to find out if this applies to you.

To submit the documents, open your IworkforNSW application and upload in line with the instructions provided, prior to the closing date.

The online application system will not allow you to submit your application until all the required fields have been completed. Once you click on the submit button, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided as part of the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records. 

If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome via email once the selection process has been completed.

If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to MidCareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au.

In addition to applying for the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program you may also be eligible to apply for other scholarships the department has to offer. If you are successful for two scholarship programs, you will be required to select which program best suits your path.

Please visit the Get Paid to Study page on the Education website for further information about other scholarship opportunities.

Successful applicants are required to sign a Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Agreement with the department committing them to:

  • Accepting appointment as an educational paraprofessional (on a part-time basis) in a NSW public school after six months of study, for the remaining duration of their teacher education program.
  • Satisfying the department’s recruitment procedures and requirements. During the final year of study, participants are required to apply for conditional accreditation with NESA and then submit an online application for approval to teach through the department’s online application for approval to teach, which will include a teacher suitability assessment and behavioural interview.
  • Accepting an appointment as a permanent full-time teacher in a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of their studies and remain employed in a permanent position for a minimum of three years.

Employment as a paraprofessional

Educational paraprofessionals play an integral part in the teaching of students. They work under the guidance and supervision of teachers to provide support both inside and outside the classroom.

Educational paraprofessionals assist with teaching and learning, by working closely with teachers in the classroom to support student engagement and participation and improving student learning outcomes.

As an educational paraprofessional, you will always have a supervising teacher with you who will be able to guide and support your practise. 

After six months of study, participants will work part time (up to 0.6FTE/3 days per week) as an educational paraprofessional in a school whilst completing their studies. You will receive the details of your potential host school when you receive your offer.

Participants will be employed under the Teaching Services Act 1980 as an educational paraprofessional. This means that you will work under the same conditions and hours of work as a teacher, with paid leave during school holidays in accordance with your part-time status. You will also have access to sick leave, accrued pro rata.

Participants are also required to work during university breaks in cases where those breaks fall outside of school holiday periods. To ensure that your work aligns with university studies, participants will be able to negotiate working days with the school supervisor.

The annual salary of a full-time educational paraprofessional undertaking teacher education studies is $69,939.00 (as at January 2022). Program participants are paid as educational paraprofessionals pro-rata, commensurate with their part-time status.

For further information, please visit the Departments awards and determinations

While personal preferences will be taken into consideration, it is expected that program participants are open to the opportunity to train and teach in a range of NSW government schools and contexts. You will be given the opportunity to select which geographic locations/school education area you wish to work in and assigned a school from within that area.

To better understand the geographic locations/school education area you are able to select from and which schools are included, further information can be found here or through the visual map here.

During the program, participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide mentoring and teaching opportunities to program participants. 

Successful applications will be able to reference any NSW government schools they already have a relationship or connection with. We want to encourage local participants to stay and work within their local community particularly in regional and rural areas.

If you already have a connection to a school, it will be considered as part of the matching process. Participating schools will be carefully selected by the department based on their ability to provide mentoring and teaching opportunities to program participants. 

A key outcome the program is seeking is to ensure participants are classroom ready before they begin teaching, which is why it is important participants begin to gain experience as a paraprofessional. 

This program is an employment-based pathway and includes working up to 3 days per week starting from 6 months. If this program is not suitable for you, please visit the Get Paid to Study page for further information about other scholarship opportunities with the department.

NSW public schools are grouped into locations called Operational Directorates (regions), School Education Areas and Principal Networks. Each region has several 'school education areas' for the purpose of staffing schools.

As part of the application process you will be asked to select at least three school educational areas.

To better understand the geographic locations/school education area you can select from, and which schools are included, further information can be found here or through the visual map here.

When you complete your Master of Teaching (Secondary) and are being considered for appointment, the school education areas you nominated as your preferred locations will be used to match you to a permanent teaching position  

Appointment as a teacher

On successful completion of their teacher education studies, participants are appointed to a full-time permanent teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location. In some situations, you may be assigned to a temporary teaching position before being appointed to a permanent role when a substantive vacancy arises. 

Upon successful completion of the program and meeting accreditation and approval to teach requirements, participants will be offered permanent employment in a NSW public school, based on the school education areas they have selected.

The opportunities offered to you will be dependent on available permanent teaching positions that match your teaching specialisation and subject codes

Financial support

In recognition of the need to support mid-career changers transition into a new career and return to studies, the department is offering a $30,000 one-off training allowance to successful applicants on entry into the program. A further $30,000 study completion allowance will be available at the completion of your studies. This second payment will be phased over 3 years whilst you are employed in a permanent role within a NSW public school.

If you are appointed to a permanent teaching position in a rural area at the end of the program, you may also qualify for the Rural Incentives Program. The Rural Incentives Program includes a range of financial and non-financial benefits, some up to $30,000. More information about the Rural Incentives Program can be found on the Department of Education website. 

Payments made as part of the Mid-Career Transition to Teaching program must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Participants may have tax withheld from their equivalent upfront course contribution fee payment. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld depending on individual circumstances.

As this study allowance comes with a requirement for you to work, this payment is not tax exempt. For more information, please visit the ATO webpage

You are encouraged to seek financial advice for your own personal circumstances.  

The initial one-off training allowance of $30,000 is paid to successful participants on entry into the program. The purpose of this payment is to assist with the cost of study including paying your university fees.  As this payment is subject to tax, in some instances, the training allowance may not fully cover your total course costs.

Course costs differ between universities. Please review the fees for your preferred university. Support is also available to you through HECS-HELP.

If you decide to leave the program before completing your studies, you will not be eligible for the $30,000 study completion allowance.

In addition, you will be required to repay the initial $30,000 one-off training allowance paid to you at the start of the program.

More information

If your question relates to your qualifications and eligibility into a Master of Teaching program, please reach out to one of the following universities:

For all other questions, please email MidcareerPrograms@det.nsw.edu.au

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